Box Populi and the Delicious Insurgency: A Little Rock Food Trike Cooperative

  A movement toward solidarity economies is growing in central Arkansas.  We asked Kenny Grand of Box Populi to write up some information about the food trike he and several people are working on and learn more about how you can be involved. Box Populi and the Delicious Insurgency, by Kenny Grand Sometimes, the struggle for
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Don’t Kill the Dandelions! Make Fritters Instead. (Yes Fritters)

  Dandelions are popping up everywhere. We’ve been taught they’re weeds, something to be banished from our yards and handled with highly toxic chemicals like Roundup. But they’re actually herbs and they play a hugely important role in our local ecosystems. They’re food for butterflies and bees, those creatures we so desperately need to keep
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Honoring Local Women’s Stories: Storytelling and Oral History Event at the McElroy House

    Growing up in an intergenerational family with my grandmother in the home, family gatherings and daily life were filled with stories about the lives of people who had long since passed on. Likewise, the landscape was marked by these stories. I knew that my grandfather made a home on what is now a
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A New CSA, Garden Project Update, Pecan Workshop, Caregiver Workshop, and Other News!

Since I first started writing this column back in 2011 I have tried to use this space as both a place to share stories related to local and regional history and location to share information that can help us explore the past with the goal of moving into a more loving future. And by loving
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Kabat-Zinn and the Importance of Caregiving and Intergenerational Connections

  Near the end of the book Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, authors Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn offer a list of twelve different exercises to help caregivers become more present in children’ lives. Here’s number one: “Try to imagine the world from your child’s point of view, purposefully letting go of your
Category: Community Action

Muzzled Oxen Part 4: Malaria and Tornados

  In several past columns I’ve discussed the recent publication Muzzled Oxen: Reaping Cotton and Sowing Hope in 1920s Arkansas. Written by the late Genevieve Grant Sadler of California and published by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, this memoir tells of Sadler’s time in the bottoms outside of Dardanelle, Arkansas where she and her
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Running Dry: A Creek Discovery

The Backyard Living column is a regular feature in ABOUT the River Valley magazine and a partnership between this site, A View from the Backroads, and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. This column originally ran in the June issue ofABOUT the River Valley Magazine.  All columns in this series are written by Meredith Martin-Moats. Click here to learn
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Letter of Mutual Interest #BlackLivesMatter Movement

 Now is the time for white people to stand in support and solidarity with black communities calling for an end to police brutality and profiling. As per the suggestions of Showing Up For Racial Justice, members of Little Rock Collective Liberation have penned a letter expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement and an
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Something for the Kids: Simple Salt Dough

  Here’s a little something different for this week’s column. Hope you enjoy it! We all know how commercialized the holiday season has become. And while a focus on materialism saturates our society, I have yet to meet anyone who actually approves of society’s focus on Christmas as a time to engage in massive spending
Category: Family

River Valley Quilters: So Much More Than Sewing.

  This piece was originally published in the December issue of ABOUT the River Valley magazine. Go here to see the original publication.   Quilting is often thought of as a traditional art, but anyone familiar with the craft will tell you that it’s alive and flourishing. Implementing the skills of former generations with modern tools,
Category: ABOUT the River Valley